Allegedly, the 46th Ward Master Plan done by the Alderman's office said 'No more barbershops in this area.' Not sure if that's true, but some nearby residents have been having some unsettling feeling about this as the previous barbershop apparently attracted a lot of loitering and litter outside."
infamous Mosa Building, which was run into the ground by a slumlord, culminating in a 2008 flood that ruined most of the retail shops downstairs. The entire building ended up in Housing Court, where it was deconverted from illegally built condos back into rental units, and a receiver and new owner were found. Most of the past year has been spent getting the building into livable and rentable space again.
Reflections Hair Salon was the previous tenant at 1016 W Leland. It was forced out by the flood and moved around the corner, onto the 4700 block of Sheridan.
As for the 46th Ward master plan banning future barber shops, this is what it says under the section on Economic Development:
- "In the Uptown area, the only general merchandise category that is saturated is Electronics/Appliance stores."
- In the section detailing the responses to the alderman's 2011 survey asking residents what businesses they would, and wouldn't, like to see in the ward, it says in answer to the question "What types of businesses and services should not be recruited any longer?" that "Responses were geared toward fewer beauty salons & supply stores, nail salons, check cashing services, wholesale clothing/accessories, liquor stores, clinics, phone stores, thrift stores, and fast food."
We are cautiously optimistic that long-empty, ruined storefronts are finally getting some nibbles after being empty and a blight on the community since 2008. Is a special use permit something that the alderman's Zoning and Development Committee would take under consideration?